Spring showers bring welcome moisture to refresh yards and gardens, but these spring rains can also cause damp basements in Austin MN and southeast Minnesota. Don’t pull out that old dehumidifier that’s probably an energy hog and requires you to empty it several times a week. Instead contact American Waterworks for information and a free estimate on a new effective, Energy-Star efficient, self-draining dehumidifier.

First, to avoid moisture in the basement, assure that your gutters are clear, and the downspouts reach as far away from the house as possible. Also check the soil around the foundation and supplement it if necessary so that it slopes away from the house.

Even with proper attention to downspouts and soil gradation around the foundation, basements can be damp, especially in the summer months. Below ground soil around the house tends to be cooler than the air in the basement in warm weather. This temperature difference can cause condensation.

Often people buy dehumidifiers that aren’t nearly large enough to cover the space in the house. According to the University of Minnesota Extension Service, 30-45% humidity levels are most comfortable for people and best for home maintenance. Humidity levels over 50% can cause mildew and mold and cause paint to peal and crack. American Waterworks recommends SaniDry high capacity, high efficiency dehumidifiers that absorb up to 100 pints of water per day out of basement air, while using the same energy as a 40-pint dehumidifier. At the same time that it is absorbing water from the air, SaniDry dehumidifiers filter particles as small as two microns, which is smaller than mold spores or dust mite droppings. Don’t waste time and energy on a small dehumidifier that doesn’t have the capacity to do the job.

Another advantage of the SaniDry dehumidifer over a smaller hardware store brand is that the SaniDry can be connected into your sump pump or ground water drain system so you don’t have to worry about emptying the water out manually several times a week.

Don’t worry about a musty, damp basement anymore. Contact the American Waterworks offices in MN, IA, and WI for information on installing a SaniDry Humidifer.